A couple of days ago Google+ sent me the top three posts for the week.
Post # 1: The Dalai Lama came in with 243 comments and 395 shares. “As we look around us at the buildings we live and work in, the roads we travel, the clothes we wear, or the food we eat, we have to acknowledge that all are provided by others.” Continue reading
Celebrate the earth – and the free coffee April 22
On April 22, I sent a message to my family to meet me at Starbucks to celebrate Earth Day. “And don’t forget to bring your own tumbler,” I reminded them. Coffee is on Starbucks! Indeed, Starbucks was very generous that day – and the coffee was great, as usual. As I skilfully drank from my Starbucks tumbler, I felt like I was giving back to the earth.
According to Earth Day.org, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries took part in the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. The world was united. Today is May 3 or Earth Day +11 days. This is when individual effort counts. It’s not as exciting as getting together in a big group to commemorate an extraordinary moment. This is the daily reality of keeping a promise. It’s changing what we do in small ways which can add up to large outcomes.
This is my commitment:
- Walk everywhere possible – to the library, grocery store, hairdresser, coffee shops; use public transit as the second alternative; use the car at last resort.
- Shop responsibly and buy products that have little or no packaging.
- Recycle, recycle recycle.
- Become paperless by learning new technologies.
- Keep an open mind to new ways of keeping the earth green.
I’m acting on point 5 today. A neighbour is organizing a residential food scraps collection for our strata. I will be sending him an e-mail to put my name on the list. I’ll let you know how it goes…
Rebecca aka Clanmother
- Global food prices hit record high – News – Al Jazeera English
Farmer and supermarkets, corner stores, specialty bakeries, coffee shops - they have always been easily assessable. But if you ask my parents who lived through the depression and war years, food was scarce. Keeping food on the table was a matter of resourcefulness and creativity. Our Taking the Kitchen blog is our commitment to ingenuity. When we went shopping today, our selection was based on frugality, rather than impulse. Usually I am in a rush and opt for the eye level product offerings. But not tonight! Check out our progress on Taking the Kitchen blog and on twitter, Taking the Kitch. Twitter is so brief that I couldn’t add the “en” to kitchen.